I know that God puts us in places and situations for a reason. In hindsight it is so simple to see the thousands of reasons he chose to plant us here for this season in the rain forest. But as our time here comes to a close, we are getting closer to goodbyes. And saying goodbye is such a hard thing to do. This is a rough week full of goodbyes. It is my last week at my most favorite job that I’ve ever had. It is graduation week.
You see, I’m a nurse. It is a part of me that goes deep into the roots of my life. And I’m a teacher. I am blessed to be able to link the two, which I am so passionate about, and create a career that is so very fulfilling. And it helps that I work with awesome people.
My fellow faculty members-they’re amazing. Each has played such an important role in my life over the last year. When there has been a problem or concern, be it private or professional, I know that I can go to any of them and receive sound advice without judgement. And our director? She prays for me. That’s kind of a big deal.
When I went to her and said we may be moving, my heart heavy and tears streaming, she didn’t get upset. She wasn’t mad. She sat across the table from me, took my hand, and prayed for wisdom. And today, we prayed for students. Not as a group-but each in our own way, on our own schedule. We prayed that they would do well on their final exam.
These women, they have faith in the future of tomorrow’s nurses.
And they have faith in me.
They’ve adopted my family as their own. They give
my kids toys and books. They find activities to do when we travel. They love them and welcome them into our offices. The babe has accompanied me to work, and today, the last day he would go with me, they were sad to say their final goodbye to him. They have been there since the beginning. Last summer, before I even officially started my job and the babe had just been born, they sent a box of baby gifts. They know that family comes first-and they support that. And for this mamma who struggled to go back to work after the babe came, that was a blessing that was beyond measure.
Then there are my students. We are a small program, and it is impossible not to get to know each other well. I have such a different relationship with my students than I ever had with instructors as a student myself. It has been such a joy to watch them grow and learn and I am heartbroken that I will not see this group of first years graduate. I am so deeply proud of each and every one of them. And I wish them all the best.
It has been such a short time that I’ve spent with the program, but I am so glad that I have had the chance to be a part of it.
Tonight I’m linking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee at #TellHisStory.